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Microbial



[mahy-krohb] /ˈmaɪ kroʊb/

noun
1.
a microorganism, especially a pathogenic bacterium.
/ˈmaɪkrəʊb/
noun
1.
any microscopic organism, esp a disease-causing bacterium
adj.

1879, from Modern Latin microbion (see microbe) + -al (1).
n.

popular name for a bacterium, 1878, from French microbe, “badly coined … by Sédillot” [Weekley] in 1878 from Greek mikros “small” (see mica) + bios “life” (see bio-). It is an incorrect use of bios; in Greek the word would mean literally “short-lived.”

microbe mi·crobe (mī’krōb’)
n.
A microorganism, especially a bacterium that causes disease; a minute life form. No longer in technical use.
mi·cro’bi·al (mī-krō’bē-əl) adj.
microbe
(mī’krōb’)
A microorganism, especially a bacterium that causes disease. See Note at germ.

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